Bad Teacher (TV series)

Bad Teacher is an American single-camera sitcom television series created by Hilary Winston, loosely based on the 2011 film of the same title. The series aired on CBS from April 24 to July 26, 2014, as part of the 2013–14 American television season.[1]

Bad Teacher
Intertitle written in yellow on a black background
Black comedy
Based on
Developed byHilary Winston
StarringAri Graynor
Sara Gilbert
Ryan Hansen
Sara Rodier
Kristin Davis
David Alan Grier
Composer(s)Lyle Workman
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)Hilary Winston
Lee Eisenberg
Gene Stupnitsky
Jimmy Miller
Sam Hansen
Michael Lasker
Producer(s)Ari Graynor
Cameron Diaz
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time30 minutes
Production company(s)Gifted and Talented Camp Productions
Mosaic Media Group
Quantity Entertainment
CBS Television Studios
Sony Pictures Television
DistributorSony Pictures Television
CBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 24 (2014-04-24) –
July 26, 2014 (2014-07-26)
External links
Official website

On May 27, 2014, CBS, which had already canceled the show after three episodes,[2] removed it from the schedule.[3] However, the remaining episodes later aired as part of a summer burn off in July 2014.[4]


Meredith Davis is divorced from her rich husband, who leaves her with nothing due to a prenuptial agreement that she clearly did not read. She moves in with her friend's family, whose stepdaughter Lily inspires her to come up with a plan – become hired as a teacher at Lily's school, Richard Nixon Middle School, meet and marry a rich single father, and return to the extravagant lifestyle to which she was accustomed. Using a fake résumé and her feminine charm, she gets Principal Carl Gaines to hire her. The faculty includes Joel, a former high school classmate who is now a gym teacher; Irene, a shy fellow teacher who becomes excited to have a new friend; and Ginny, faculty president who resents Meredith and is suspicious of her. Although an incompetent teacher, Meredith imparts life lessons to Lily and her friends.



  • Ari Graynor as Meredith Davis:
    A former housewife determined to marry a rich divorcé so that she can resume her upper-class lifestyle. She poses as a middle school teacher in order to meet the single fathers of her students
  • Sara Gilbert as Irene:
    A socially awkward teacher at Richard Nixon Middle who is eager to become friends with Meredith
  • Ryan Hansen as Joel Kotsky:
    The school's gym teacher who knows Meredith from high school and is attracted to her, despite her obviously questionable motives
  • Sara Rodier as Lily:
    The stepdaughter of one of Meredith's friends and an unpopular student at the school
  • Kristin Davis as Ginny Taylor-Clapp:
    A self-serious and overzealous teacher who is immediately suspicious of Meredith
  • David Alan Grier as Carl Gaines:
    The recently divorced principal of Richard Nixon Middle who takes an instant liking to Meredith
  • Caitlin Kimball as Kim Superfine:
    A student teacher who works with Ginny


Production and developmentEdit

The show was first reported to be in development on October 5, 2012, and received a pilot order on January 23, 2013.[5][6] Don Scardino became attached to direct the pilot on March 13, 2013.[7]

On February 18, 2013, David Alan Grier was the first to join the cast in the role of Carl.[8] On February 19, Ari Graynor was cast in the lead role of Meredith.[9] On February 21, Ryan Hansen was cast as Joel.[10] On March 6, Sara Gilbert was cast as Irene.[11] On March 13, Kristin Davis was cast as Ginny.[7] Sara Rodier was also cast in the role of Lily, though this casting news received no announcement. On March 19, 2013, Caitlin Kimball joined the cast in a recurring role, portraying Kim.[12]

On May 13, 2013, it was reported that the series would not receive a fall 2013 commitment from CBS.[13] The series was absent entirely from the CBS 2013–14 schedule announced on May 15, 2013, however a series pickup was announced a week later on May 22.[14][15]

The series premiered at 9:31PM on April 24, 2014.[16] At its 2014–15 upfront presentation on May 10, CBS announced that the series had been canceled after airing only three episodes.[17] After the fifth episode aired on May 22, the planned broadcasts of the sixth and seventh episodes were pulled from the schedule[18] – being replaced with reruns of The Millers[19] that had been previously scheduled to air at 8:31PM.[20]


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
1"Pilot"Don ScardinoHilary WinstonApril 24, 2014 (2014-04-24)1007.80[21]
Meredith, a former trophy wife, receives nothing after her divorce due to having signed a prenuptual agreement to that effect. She uses a fake resume to become a teacher at an upscale middle school in hope of meeting the students' wealthy, single fathers and marrying one of them for his money. A faculty member, Ginny, becomes suspicious.
2"Daddy Issues"Peter LauerTim McAuliffeMay 1, 2014 (2014-05-01)1036.47[22]
Meredith takes a liking to a wealthy father of one of her students, who will not let her date him.
3"Evaluation Day"Victor NelliBen DouganMay 8, 2014 (2014-05-08)1065.73[23]
Meredith is tasked to help Ginny during teacher-evaluation day. Meanwhile, Meredith is accused of exploiting a friendship.
4"Fieldtrippers"Bryan GordonBilly FinneganMay 15, 2014 (2014-05-15)1075.48[24]
After Meredith meets a cute guy, Shawn, in a coffee shop, then learns he drives a Lamborghini and works for a successful tech company, she arranges a class trip to go see him again. Meanwhile, Ginny develops a crush on the handsome school janitor.
5"The 6th Grade Lock-In"Adam DavidsonErica RivinojaMay 22, 2014 (2014-05-22)1044.34[25]
After having sex in a school closet, Joel professes his feelings to Meredith, who claims they are just colleagues who sleep together at work. However, they are put together as chaperones for the Sixth-Grade Lock-In.
6"Yearbook"Fred SavageMatthew Libman & Daniel LibmanJuly 5, 2014 (2014-07-05)1101.52[26]
Meredith and Ginny must complete the student yearbook within 24 hours. Ginny's recent break-up slows preparation and Meredith has to mend the broken hearted.
7"Divorced Dudes"Fred GossHilary WinstonJuly 5, 2014 (2014-07-05)1011.40[26]
Meredith looks for her second husband in Carl's support group.
8"Nix the Fat Week"Eric AppelAmy Pocha and Seth CohenJuly 12, 2014 (2014-07-12)1091.54[27]
Meredith asks Irene for help when a famous vegan chef visits during Health Week. Also, Carl prepares for the 50-yard dash.
9"Life Science"Eyal GordinMat HarawitzJuly 12, 2014 (2014-07-12)1021.48[27]
Meredith tries to fix the student science fair after placing a wager in the teacher's betting pool.
10"Found Money"Matt SohnJamie RhonheimerJuly 19, 2014 (2014-07-19)1051.46[28]
After finding money in the school parking lot, Meredith uses it to pay for a ski trip, but she soon discovers it was lost by Ginny and intended for a student trip. Elsewhere, divorced Carl goes bar-hopping.
11"A Little Respect"Fred GossDavid McHugh and Matthew FlanaganJuly 19, 2014 (2014-07-19)1081.35[28]
Meredith and Carl are at odds when she refuses to apologize for offending the parents of the school's best student. Meanwhile, Joel puts a scratch on Ginny's car.
12"The Bottle"Linda MendozaJamie RhonheimerJuly 26, 2014 (2014-07-26)1111.47[29]
Meredith's plans to celebrate her birthday at her favorite party venue fail.
13"What's Old Is New"Jay ChandrasekharHilary WinstonJuly 26, 2014 (2014-07-26)1121.51[29]
The school's standardized tests begin, but Meredith and Carl get distracted when their ex-spouses (Steven Weber, Niecy Nash) arrive.


Critical responseEdit

The series holds a rating of 51/100 on Metacritic, indicating "mixed or average" reviews, based on the reviews of 22 critics.[30] On another review aggregation website, Rotten Tomatoes, it was given a score of 58% with an average rating of 5.2 out of 10, based on 24 reviews.[31] Ben Travers of Indiewire gave the pilot a D.[32] Mitch Salem of gave the verdict of "Change the Channel".[33] Verne Gay of Newsday also gave the show a D.[34]

U.S. ratingsEdit

No. Episode Original air date Timeslot (EST) Viewers
(Adults 18–49)
1 "Pilot" April 24, 2014 (2014-04-24) Thursday 9:30 pm 7.80[21] 2.1/6[21]
2 "Daddy Issues" May 1, 2014 (2014-05-01) 6.47[22] 1.4/4[22]
3 "Evaluation Day" May 8, 2014 (2014-05-08) 5.73[23] 1.3/4[23]
4 "Fieldtrippers" May 15, 2014 (2014-05-15) 5.48[24] 1.4/4[24]
5 "The 6th Grade Lock-In" May 22, 2014 (2014-05-22) 4.34[25] 1.1/4[25]
6 "Yearbook" July 5, 2014 (2014-07-05) Saturday 8:00 pm 1.52[26] 0.3/1[26]
7 "Divorced Dudes" July 5, 2014 (2014-07-05) Saturday 8:30 pm 1.40[26] 0.3/1[26]
8 "Nix the Fat Week" July 12, 2014 (2014-07-12) Saturday 8:00 pm 1.54[27] 0.3/1[27]
9 "Life Science" July 12, 2014 (2014-07-12) Saturday 8:30 pm 1.48[27] 0.3/1[27]
10 "Found Money" July 19, 2014 (2014-07-19) Saturday 8:00 pm 1.46[28] 0.3/1[28]
11 "A Little Respect" July 19, 2014 (2014-07-19) Saturday 8:30 pm 1.35[28] 0.3/1[28]
12 "The Bottle" July 26, 2014 (2014-07-26) Saturday 8:00 pm 1.47[29] 0.3/1[29]
13 "What's Old Is New" July 26, 2014 (2014-07-26) Saturday 8:30 pm 1.51[29] 0.3/1[29]


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